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21st May 2004 at 01:00
Preview of the National Exhibition and Conference, Cardiff International Arena, May 27-28

Highlights of the seminar programme at Wales Education 2004

Teachers of pupils of all ages will find useful talks and workshops at this year's exhibition and conference at Cardiff International Arena.

Peter Clarke, the children's commissioner for Wales, will open the event on Thursday 27 May at 11.15am. The next day, education minister Jane Davidson will give a keynote address at 10am, followed by chief schools inspector Susan Lewis at 12.30pm.

The show's professional development seminar programme includes: Modern languages CILT Cymru, the national centre for languages, is sponsoring workshops for all key stages:

* Lively Learning in MFL at key stages 3 and 4. Kristina Hedges, CILT Cymru project officer (10am Thursday)

* Primary MFL: The Welsh Assembly Government Pilots (2pm Thursday)

* Innovative approaches to MFL within the Welsh Baccalaureate (12.30pm Friday)

* The CILT Cymru website: online information for MFL teachers Ceri Jones of CILT (3.30pm Friday) Creativity

* Tilting the landscape: looking for fun in the curriculum This workshop, by in-service provider John Ward, will take a quirky look at learning through art, design and making at all levels (10am Thursday)

* Encouraging natural creativity For those working with under-fives, run by education consultant Alice Sharp (10am Thursday)

* Making literacy vibrant Best-selling author and former inspector Gervase Phinn will run a practical session for primary teachers (12.30pm Thursday).

He will also run Developing storytelling skills at key stages 1 and 2 (3.30pm Thursday)

* Creativity in the curriculum: a cross-curricular approach This seminar for primary teachers by Alison Couchman, teacher and inset provider, will look at ways in which a single image can be used to stimulate work across all subjects (3.30pm Thursday)

* Encouraging young writers using ICT A workshop for secondary teachers by Trevor Millum, of the National Association for the Teaching of English (2pm Thursday)

Methodology and management

* Learning styles in the classroom Dr Gavin Reid of the University of Edinburgh (2pm Thursday)

* Can't Learn Won't Learn: behaviour management for children with ADHD Fintan O'Regan, SEN adviser and trainer (10am Thursday)

* The inclusion-friendly school Neil Mackay (12.30pm Thursday)

* Stress, the teacher and the classroom: understanding you, understanding me, understanding them Dr Amanda Kirby, medical director, Dyscovery Centre, Cardiff (2pm Friday)


* Embedding education for global citizenship Sheila Bennell (11am Friday)

* Listening to children through a school council Belinda Gardiner of Daniel James community school, Swansea; and Kevin Davies of Craig infants school, Swansea (11am Friday) For the full programme and more exhibition information, log on to, or phone 01923 690625. Admission is free; seminar places cost pound;5 per session. You can avoid queues by registering in advance

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